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D10 News: December 2016 


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Dear Neighbors, 

 The November elections in San Jose and Santa Clara County are almost one for the record books. Results of the recounts in ten races – including San Jose City Council District 8 - will be reported soon and election results will be officially certified by the Registrar of Voters (www.sccvote.org) on December 8th.

The results of the races in Council Districts 2 and 6 are conclusive, so joining me on the dais will be Sergio Jimenez from District 2 and Devora “Dev” Davis from District 6. With the early departure of Councilmember Ash Kalra, who was elected to the California State Assembly, Sergio Jimenez is getting an early start on City Council - he was appointed last Tuesday to former Councilmember Kalra’s unexpired term. The race in District 8 was too close to call and I know that candidates Jimmy Nguyen and Sylvia Arenas are anxious for the final results to be reported.
 
All local tax measure and bond measures (funded by way of new property taxes) on the ballot were approved, with only one exception, the Oak Grove School Improvement Program – Measure EE.


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Also approved were:

Measure B – a 30-year, half-cent sales tax that will provide $6.3 billion to fund transportation priorities including local street maintenance, upgrades to County expressways, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, bringing BART to downtown San Jose, boosting mass transit services for seniors, students and the disabled, and increasing capacity on an electrified CalTrain. None of the funding goes to the State’s High Speed Rail program, and all of the money stays local to meet the local priorities outlined in the measure. Measure B was approved with by over 71% of those who voted.
 
Measure E
–a first-in-the-United States mandate on businesses and non-profits that requires these employers to offer additional hours to existing part-time employees before hiring any new employees or outside contractors. It allows anyone to bring action against the employers to enforce this measure, opening the door to an unpredictable number of lawsuits. To defend against these lawsuits, employers will have to implement onerous new recordkeeping processes. Employers had no input into the crafting of this measure and it applies only to employers within San Jose. I will be doing what I can to minimize the effects of this new law on our business community. We are fighting to attract businesses and jobs to San Jose, and we cannot let this new measure destroy our momentum. Measure E passed with close to 64% of the vote.
 
Measure F
– voter approval of the compromise between the City of San Jose and City employee unions reached to end the court battle over the ambitious Measure B pension reforms. A major objective of approving this compromise is to improve the recruiting environment to attract police officers to San Jose in order to remedy the staffing shortage we have been experiencing. Measure F locked in some provision of Measure B, which I also supported, such as ensuring that no pension benefits are retroactively enhanced by future City Councils without voter approval and splitting the cost of pensions and any unfunded liabilities created 50/50, between the City and employees. Measure F also eliminates City-paid healthcare benefits at retirement for new hires. Measure F passed with 61% of the vote.

Measure G – update to the City of San Jose Business Tax. This “modernization” of the business tax was the first increase in the tax in over 30 years. It raises the base tax from $150 to $195, increases rates incrementally for larger businesses, and expands the tax to include those rental property owners who have as few as one rental unit. The measure also creates a new low-income hardship exemption and indexes future tax rates to inflation. More information will be provided in my next newsletter to help you navigate the updated Business Tax. Almost 66% of voters said "Yes" to Measure G.
 
There were many worthy causes represented on the ballot, but I am concerned with the sheer volume of new taxes and mandates that are being imposed on residents and small businesses within San Jose. Regardless, I will continue to focus on ways that we can streamline and improve the customer experience for homeowners and businesses within the City of San Jose when it comes to business taxes, building permits, and more. Last week I introduced a proposal to streamline the field reservation process for sports fields and Councilmember Jones and I collaborated on a proposal to explore a targeted reduction in the Housing Impact Fee to encourage more development along our transit corridor
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It is important that we keep San Jose on a positive jobs and businesses growth trajectory, so you can be sure that I will continue to promote initiatives to streamline processes, lower costs, increase transparency, and make our City more friendly to employers and homeowners.



WANTED: A Neighborhood Watch On Your Block


Public Safety continues to be my #1 priority in serving the residents of San José. While my Council colleagues and I continue to push the City to recruit and retain police officers – which should be helped along now that the voters have approved the negotiated pension settlement detailed in Measure F - you can help by talking with your neighbors and encouraging each other to become organized for neighborhood safety.
 
The Neighborhood Watch Program  continues to be the best preventive measure you can take to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Hopefully, you already have your neighbors’ email addresses, phone numbers, or connect with them via Nextdoor. Send them an email, text, or message, and inquire if they are interested in participating in a Neighborhood Watch meeting. If a majority of people on your block are interested, then reach out to the SJPD Neighborhood Watch program and get a meeting scheduled, then invite the neighbors to the meeting. 

During the most recent meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety, Finance, and Strategic Support Committee, on which I serve, I was pleased to hear that burglaries have dropped 17% below last year’s numbers in SJPD District A, which covers the majority of Council District 10. Last year, there were 339 burglaries between January and September. This year, we experienced 279. I am sure you will agree that while the 17% drop is good news, 279 is still far too many burglaries within our area.
 
Proposition 47 released over 47,000 prisoners statewide. More will be released with the passage of Proposition 57. Regardless of how you voted on these two propositions, the bottom line is that major changes have been made to sentencing rules within our justice system that may have significant short-term and long-term effects on crime rates – and not all of the effects will be good. In the wake of Proposition 47, for example, we saw a significant spike in property crimes in cities throughout California. In anticipation of the effects of Proposition 57 and understanding that burglaries generally increase during the holidays, I am sounding the alarm for residents to be vigilant.
 
As a practice, I try to attend all Neighborhood Watch meetings in my district. I look forward to hearing from SJPD Crime Prevention that an invite has gone out for a Neighborhood Watch meeting in YOUR neighborhood! Make your holidays safe – learn how to deter crimes using the techniques you’ll learn through Neighborhood Watch training!


Shop Local Selfies!  
Over the next few weeks, when you are out shopping at local, San Jose businesses, I encourage you to take a selfie or a photo of family or friends while you are there. Post your photo to Facebook or Twitter and tag me – Johnny Khamis on Facebook or @JohnnyKhamis on Twitter! Also, if you email your photo to my assistant, Denelle Fedor, we will include as many of your photos as we can in the next District 10 newsletter.
 
With the holiday shopping now in full swing, we encourage you to remember to Shop Local! San Jose has over 56,000 businesses to patronize. Our local businesses are also the cornerstone of our local economy and a vital element to local job creation. By keeping your dollars within San Jose, you help create and retain jobs right here in San Jose. More of your tax dollars stay here, as well, to help pay for essential services like police, parks, and pothole repairs!
 
Each year I, along with Mayor Liccardo and the full City Council proclaim the first Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday to kick off the holiday shopping season. This year, we were joined by a variety of business owners, organizations, and the City’s Work2Future program as we proclaimed November 26th “Small Business Saturday” in the City of San Jose.
 
Small Business Saturday is just one way that we highlight our support of the Shop Local movement. This year, you can help highlight local businesses, too. Post your pictures, tag me, and let’s spread the word to our friends and neighbors to encourage them to Shop Local!
 
Happy Shopping!


A New View of Almaden Lake Article 

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will soon update the banners around Almaden Lake Park to provide a better look at the proposed Almaden Lake improvements project that will to separate Alamitos Creek from the lake.
 
The banners are tentatively scheduled to be in place sometime in January 2017 and will show the lake in the proposed preferred design identified by the community. This will provide the most detailed look yet at the lake’s potential appearance. The final design is still months from being formally presented to the Water District’s board of directors for approval.
 
In addition to developing the banners, the Water District’s Almaden Lake project team is targeting late spring of 2017 to release a draft Environmental Impact Report for public review. This report provides the public with detailed information about the project’s potential environmental effects, ways to minimize any significant environmental impacts, and reasonable alternatives to the project.
 
For more information on the Almaden Lake Project, please contact Santa Clara Valley Water District Project Manager Rechelle Blank at 408-630-2615.
 



Other Announcements 

Invitation to Businesses Small & Large: Get Tax Credits to Grow Your Business!   
Small, medium, and large business owners or their management are encouraged to attend a workshop presented by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on the California Competes Tax Credit program hosted by State Senator Bob Wieckowski. This workshop will provide details on the tax credit program and instructions on how to apply.
 
The California Competes Tax Credit program has $243.3 million in tax credits available during the 2016-2017 fiscal year for businesses that want to expand in, or relocate to, California. The next application period begins January 2, 2017. Go to the workshop and learn how your business can apply for millions in available tax credits. The workshop and the program are free and available to businesses of all sizes from throughout the state.
 
DATE AND TIME

Wed, December 7, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PST
 
LOCATION
Fremont Public Library
Fukaya Meeting Room
2450 Stevenson Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94538
 
Parking is free at the Library.  The lot is in an L shape.  Overflow parking is located at the Police Station next door.
 
RSVP Here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fremont-go-biz-california-competes-tax-credit-workshop-tickets-27997417028


AVCA San Jose Chamber Article 

Did you know the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce places youth in paid, summer internshipsFind out what else the Chamber does at the next AVCA meeting, when Victor Gomez, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, joins Councilmember Johnny Khamis for a presentation and panel discussion on economic development within San Jose, what’s new at the Chamber, and how they’re bringing together the strengths of the private, public, and non-profit sectors to create an unprecedented program for San Jose’s high school students and young adults.
 

Monday, December 12th, 7:00 PM
WestGate Church, Theater Building
6601 Camden Ave., San Jose, CA 95120
 
Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the Almaden Valley Community Association visit
www.avca-sj.org.


Help Recruit Women for the 2017 Trade Orientation Program 
 

You may know that the union construction trades are one of the strongest pathways for working people to enter into a lifelong, family-supporting career, but did you know that fewer than 5% of construction workers are women?

The Trades Orientation Program is aiming to change that - and they need your help!

The free
Trades Orientation Program (TOP) is Silicon Valley’s premier pre-apprenticeship course, providing a pathway into a well-paying construction career and they are actively recruiting women to enroll in TOP 2017. The application to sign up for an information/application session for TOP 2017 is available here.

Information sessions are currently scheduled for December 12
th – 14th.


You Don't Have to Wait For The Next Dumpster Day!

You don’t have to wait for the next Dumpster Day….it’s Easy & FREE for you to get rid of your Junk! The City’s large-item collection program offers two free collection appointments per single-family home per fiscal year. Each collection includes up to three large items that will be picked up curbside by your recycling collection service provider. Eligible large items include mattresses, sofas, refrigerators, and tires, but not propane tanks or construction debris. Apartment and condominium residents may contact their property managers, or GreenTeam, directly, at 408-282-4400, to arrange for free large item collections.
 
Additional large-item collections are $27.23 (for up to three items), paid directly to your recycling collection company. For more information please visit
www.sjenvironment.org/largeitems for Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Residents may call to make a collection pickup appointment, and these appointments are typically scheduled within two weeks:
 
  • For downtown, north, east, and south San Jose, call California Waste Solutions at 408-213-7800
  • For West San Jose, call GreenTeam of San Jose at 408-282-4400
  • Not sure? Look up your recycling collection company at www.sjenvironment.org/lookup
 
San Jose residents are also encouraged to report illegal dumping by calling the Customer Contact Center at 408-535-3500. If you witness dumping in progress, call the San José Police Department non-emergency line at 408-277-8900. Dumping trash bags or furniture on the street is illegal and can result in fines of up to $10,000.


Message from Almaden FC 

Almaden FC is proud to announce, in partnership with Pioneer High School and the support of Councilmember Johnny Khamis, the restoration of Pioneer Soccer Fields and the construction of a brand new club house in which Almaden FC can call its official home. The project has been ongoing in the recent months and the progress has been phenomenal. It is an unprecedented project in the area and the start of Almaden FC coming into its own as a pillar in the foundation of the community. 



SJPD Now Hiring for Crossing Guards  

The San Jose Police Department School Safety & Education Unit is hiring for school crossing guards.  $21.39 Hourly (Part-Time/Unbenefited).

Minimum qualifications include ability to work 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon every school day during school start and end times, possession of a valid State of California driver's license, access to a motor vehicle, and other qualifications. To learn more, contact the School Safety & Education Unit at (408) 277-4553.

Go Mustangs! 

The Almaden Valley Pop Warner Mustangs junior varsity football team is traveling to the ESPN/Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida to participate in the Pop Warner Super Bowl. They will be competing in the Division II National Championship Tournament because they finished the regular season undefeated and won the Nevada-California regionals, then the West finals last month in Washington.
 
This is a momentous honor for this group of thirty talented, hard-working 12-to-13-year-old boys. Their coaches, parents, and grandparents are very proud of them!
 
Selected Pop Warner Super Bowl games will be
televised on the ESPN network. The Mustangs played on Friday, December 2nd and will play again today, Tuesday, December 6th. If they win, they will play in the Division II Championships on Friday, December 9.
 
There is a fundraising effort underway to help defray travel costs for the children whose families may not have the money to fully fund the trip. To help, or to find out more, please email
almadenpopwarner@gmail.com
 

Best of luck to the Mustangs in their pursuit to become national champions!


For questions, comments or concerns you may reach my office at (408)535-4910 or district10@sanjoseca.gov

 
Sincerely,
Councilmember Johnny Khamis 

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Thank you to Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman for attending VEP Neighborhood Association's November meeting. 

Nov. 26th was Small Business Saturday so my family and I went out for dinner at a local small business, Ninja Sushi, on Almaden Expressway and McAbee. 


 
On Nov. 25th I was excited to greet Santa Claus with the help of District 10 resident and competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut, at San Jose's Christmas in the Park official tree lighting ceremony! 


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Office of Councilmember Johnny Khamis 
200 E. Santa Clara Street - 18th Floor 
San Jose, CA 95113 

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